Media Contact: Captain Kevin Barry, District "A" Commander - 401-444-1012, 401-575-7811 (cell)
Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, announced today that during the Christmas and New Year's Holiday period, the Rhode Island State Police joined state and local police across the nation in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The Rhode Island State Police deployed additional patrols throughout the State with funding obtained through the Rhode Island Department of Transportation Office on Highway Safety. These additional patrols targeted, impaired drivers, speeders as well as child restraint and seat belt violators. The following is the activity handled by the State Police patrols during December 13th, 2013 to January 1st, 2014 holiday period:
- Arrested 37 individuals for DUI
- Issued 897 moving violations
- Issued 272 summonses for seatbelt or child restraint violations
- Investigated 321 motor vehicle crashes
- Issued 98 summonses for Suspended/Revoked Licenses
- Issued 110 summonses for Uninsured Motorists
- Motor Vehicle Stops: 2,301
- Motorists Assists: 397
One of the missions of the Rhode Island State Police is to enforce all motor vehicle violations and to actively pursue impaired and aggressive drivers. The enhanced enforcement and promotional efforts helped produce safer travel environment during the holiday.
From Colonel O'Donnell, "I congratulate our Troopers on their dedication in an effort to make our roadways safe. We will continue to seek out those who put others in harm's way. We ask that anyone seeing reckless operation of a motor vehicle call *77 or 9-1-1."